Machiavelli Award 2004 for Gerd Leers

Mayor of Maastricht Gerd Leers received the Machiavelli Award 2004, because he is a type of governor who, by showing intransigence in his performance, makes it clear that public order and safety are not up for bargain. In times of uncertainty, that makes clear to citizens what they can expect from their public officials. Gerd Leers shows local leadership with great national appeal.